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Geely has released official ‘spy photos’ of an upcoming crossover, which will go into production in the third quarter of 2021.

The company is keeping details under wraps, but confirmed the model will ride on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) which underpins the Polestar 2, Volvo XC40 and an assortment of Lynk & Co vehicles. The platform is also used on Geely’s Xing Yue crossover coupe and Xing Rui sedan.

While the pictures aren’t very revealing, the crossover sort of resembles a larger XC40. However, there are a number of differences including a unique front fascia, a flatter beltline and a longer rear overhang. We can see a panoramic glass roof and a grille with vertical bars.

Also Read: Geely Hao Yue Seven-Seat SUV Unveiled As The Brand’s Largest Model

Engine options remain unconfirmed, but could potentially carryover from the Xing Yue. If that’s the case, we can expect a mild-hybrid variant with a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 188 hp (140 kW / 190 PS) and 221 lb-ft (300 Nm) of torque.

There could also be a plug-in hybrid variant which uses the aforementioned engine and an electric motor to produce a combined output of 255 hp (190 kW / 258 PS) and 306 lb-ft (415 Nm) of torque. Lastly, there could be a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder pumping out 235 hp (175 kW / 238 PS) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque.

While a lot of questions remain, Paultan says reports out of China indicate the crossover is codenamed the KX11 and will measure approximately 189 inches (4800 mm) long. If that number is correct, the model could potentially have a third-row seat.

3️ is the magic number.

A new Geely Auto car has been seen! 👁️👁️

The SUV will be the brand's 3️rd CMA-based car with production planned to begin in Q3 2021. pic.twitter.com/GnqOHtknRq

— Geely Auto (@GeelyGlobal) December 29, 2020


A rare Porsche Carrera GT that’s been modified and turned into a track-day weapon is currently up for sale in Germany.

This Carrera GT was delivered new to Belgium in 2005. Soon after, it was sent to GPR Racing where it was fitted with a host of upgrades designed to improve its racetrack credentials. These upgrades cost a cool €220,000 (~$270,000).

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Key upgrades include bespoke wishbones and pushrods, a new AP Racing braking system, an integrated air lift system, a high-performance clutch, a safety cage, BBS magnesium wheels, an automatic fire extinguishing system, and a fuel system that meets motorsport specifications. The car also includes a Motec control unit.

According to the listing at Mechatronik, the owner intended on racing the car in the World Endurance Championship but regulation changes prevented him from doing so. With no chance of competing, it was parked in the owner’s collection where it has been collecting dust ever since.

The tweaked 5.7-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine pumps out 650 hp and the car likely drives just as well as it did new because it has just 1,243 miles (2,000 km) on the odometer.

Unsurprisingly, it doesn’t come cheap. In fact, it has an asking price of €849,000 ($1.04 million), but when you consider that many standard Carrera GTs are fetching over $1 million, it doesn’t sound like such a bad deal after all.

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Hot lap videos tend not to be this quiet. That’s understandable as, unlike other Porsches, the Taycan has no ICE howling away.

There aren’t a lot of cars that require the undivided attention of someone like Fifth Gear’s Jason Plato, who’s been competing in the British Touring Car Championship for 23 years and has clinched two titles. However, the Taycan is one of them simply because it’s very fast. Or, as Plato exclaims, “Christ almighty!”

The particular Taycan is a Turbo S, which makes up to 750 hp and 774 lb-ft of torque and gets to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds thanks to a two-speed transmission.

See Also: Porsche Taycan Turbo S Sets EV Lap Record At Road Atlanta

And despite the weight of the batteries, Plato reports that it really does handle. Although he reports a little bit of understeer mid-corner in the fast bends, he still posts a lap time that’s four seconds faster than the GR Yaris, despite this being a small track.

“I’ve got to tell you, the performance is off the scale,” says Plato. “It’s just so rapid! Yes, you can feel it’s two-and-a-half tonnes – I’ve never been a fan of electric cars – but do you know what? I’m changing my mind. I think it’s great.”

He does worry, however, that driving it the way he does, the range will be severely hampered. He concludes then, that despite the performance being there, he might wait for the second generation.

If you don’t want to wait, though, it’ll be comforting to know that European fast chargers can get the Taycan’s battery charge from 5 to 80 percent in just 22 minutes.